Tooth pain happens. Sometimes we know what is causing it and sometimes we do not. Some instances will heal on their own, but some will need professional attention. Sometimes it is hard to know the difference. Here are some possible ways to tell that your tooth pain is a dental emergency.
The Pain is Intense and Persisting
Sometimes it is normal to get the occasional soreness or inflammation around your gums or teeth. It could be because of a new toothbrush, a sharp piece of food or candy that you ate, or something harmless. However, if your tooth pain is severe and will not go away, it could be a sign of a dental emergency. Pain that intensifies and will not go away is a sign of an infection in the tooth or the root, which needs to be treated by a dentist immediately. An untreated infection can be dangerous.
Large Tooth Fractures
Small chips or cracks can usually be put off until you can get into the dentist. But large fractures that are followed by pain needs to be addressed right away. The pain is an indication that there may be damage to the tissue and not just the tooth itself.
Sometimes dental pain is not coming from a tooth. If you have intense swelling in your mouth or jaw, you may have a dental emergency. Swelling that does not cease on its own could point to a gum infection or abscess. An abscess is a pocket of pus caused by a bacterial infection. These will not heal on its own and they need to be treated by a dentist right away.
If you have any of these dental emergencies, or you are not sure if your tooth pain is a dental emergency, then give us a call. Dr. Julie Miller and Dr. Zola Makrauer at Huntingdon Valley Dental Arts can help!